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Tue Nov 24, 2020, 10:10 AM

Letter from Adam Schiff..

Itís been three weeks since Election Day, and in typical 2020 fashion, itís been a whirlwind. As we take a moment to take stock of things before Thanksgiving, I wanted to sit down and share a few of my thoughts on the election, what we did right, what we must do better, and where we go from here.

First things first, there was one overriding goal on November 3rd: Defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden. That was goal one, two, and three. And we did it. By that existential measure alone, the election was a vital success and we can all be proud of the role we played to make it so. I donít know about you, but my predominant reaction when the size and certainty of Bidenís victory became clear was ďthank God,Ē accompanied by a tremendous sense of relief.

Now, we can begin to mitigate and repair the horrendous damage this president has inflicted on the nation, an injury to the body politic that he is deepening even now with his outrageous and despicable claims of fraud. President-elect Biden is already assembling an incredible team of Cabinet members. Experienced, compassionate, no drama, and ready to serve.

Even while we celebrate the end of the Trump reign of terror, I cannot help but feel the deep dismay of not yet taking over the Senate, and learning that too many of my brilliant new colleagues in the House will not be coming back. These are painful blows. And still, we have two runoff elections coming up on January 5th in Georgia, and theyíre going to be close. If we elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, we can still flip the Senate, and by doing so, make sure Mitch McConnell doesnít have a veto over health care reforms, a new economic relief package, climate change, and more. Iíve already asked you to help them, and you have stepped up ó once again. I canít thank you enough.

As far as the House races, and the utter collapse of campaigns against GOP incumbents, Iíve been giving a lot of thought over the past couple weeks about what happened, and I wanted to share some preliminary insights with you.

My first conclusion is an unsatisfying one: This election was little more than a referendum on Donald Trump. Across the map, it proved nearly impossible for Democrats to win in districts that Donald Trump won, and similarly nearly impossible for Republicans to win in districts Joe Biden won. With a huge surge of turnout ó the highest in decades ó people came out in record numbers to cast their ballots, and very few were in the mood to split their tickets. That made it tough for some of our candidates to differentiate themselves, and make the case. For Democratic challengers in particular, who never had the benefit of holding office and giving voters the proof of performance they needed to split the ticket, the national retreat to party and tribe was too much to overcome.

Second, I concur with the diagnosis of leaders across the spectrum ó from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Beto OíRourke to Doug Jones ó that Democrats have been underinvesting in party building, both in-person organizing and digital. For too many voters, Democrats seem to show up in November and ask for their vote or money, rather than building a lasting infrastructure to organize and maintain communication with residents. It is not enough to simply ask people for their votes and then disappear until the next election, we must earn peopleís confidence and support and keep it.

Finally, we have always been the party of working people, but not all working people know that or see that, and we need to reestablish that bond.

The economy is simply not working for millions of Americans, and this was true before the pandemic and is even more of a problem now. The Democratic Party needs to change that, articulating policies that will help middle class families stay in the middle class and give working families the chance to succeed. Whatever your race or ethnicity or whether you live in the city or a rural area, Democrats have always been the party that stands up for workers. When voters in Florida voted by more than 20 points to raise the minimum wage to $15 while Joe Biden lost by 3 points, that tells me that weíre not doing a good enough job connecting economic issues to our party.

The economic challenges facing our country need not divide our party or our efforts. This is not a left, right, or center problem. There is so much common ground within the Democratic Party on how to help working people and families, and address the persistent inequalities in economic opportunity around the U.S. that we can unite the party around a central ethos:

We leave no person, no family, and no community behind.

Stepping back, if you had asked me before Election Day whether I would be pleased with a result that had Joe Biden winning the presidency by 6 million individual votes and 306 electoral votes, holding the House, and improving our position in the Senate with a chance to flip that body in a Georgia runoff, I would have been more than willing to accept that prospect. And Iíll take it today. The country has been saved from four more years of Donald Trump and all the devastation that would go with it. And itís because of your amazing work.

Iím so grateful to you for your support, and for your efforts, for everything you have done over the past four years to keep the faith, and for everything youíre still doing today to build a stronger union. The work goes on. Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

ó Adam

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brooklynite Nov 2020 OP
Ninga Nov 2020 #1
Auggie Nov 2020 #8
Wounded Bear Nov 2020 #2
Turin_C3PO Nov 2020 #3
2naSalit Nov 2020 #4
mr_lebowski Nov 2020 #5
BComplex Nov 2020 #30
Roisin Ni Fiachra Nov 2020 #6
crickets Nov 2020 #11
JudyM Nov 2020 #26
Canoe52 Nov 2020 #7
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2020 #9
crickets Nov 2020 #10
bucolic_frolic Nov 2020 #12
Turin_C3PO Nov 2020 #31
robbob Nov 2020 #13
BobTheSubgenius Nov 2020 #14
padah513 Nov 2020 #15
dalton99a Nov 2020 #16
Roland99 Nov 2020 #17
58Sunliner Nov 2020 #18
cp Nov 2020 #19
iluvtennis Nov 2020 #20
Barbara2423 Nov 2020 #21
AlexSFCA Nov 2020 #22
moreland01 Nov 2020 #23
spooky3 Nov 2020 #24
JGladstone Nov 2020 #25
Blue Owl Nov 2020 #27
Qutzupalotl Nov 2020 #28
Hekate Nov 2020 #29

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 10:41 AM

1. So spot on. I can only speak for Ohio. We MUST have a more visible and active presence. We

need a new Chair..

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Response to Ninga (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:26 AM

8. +1,000,000 -- a new chair!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 10:48 AM

2. K & R...nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 10:56 AM

3. Great letter.

Mr. Schiff hits the nail on the head.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:00 AM

4. K&R

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:07 AM

5. There is so, so very much to love about Mr. Adam Schiff ...

He is my first choice as the replacement of Kamala. I think he'd be brilliant in the Senate.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 09:55 AM

30. I'm wondering if Nancy isn't prepping him to take her place as House Majority Leader.

I'd love to have him in the Senate, though.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:07 AM

6. I can't say enough about how impressed I am by Adam Schiff.

He is clear minded, eloquent, thorough, focused, talented, and honorable. If President Biden does not appoint him AG, he would make a great Speaker of the House after Speaker Pelosi leaves the position.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:37 AM

11. I love that idea. Schiff would be an excellent SOH. nt

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:12 PM

26. If only he could take up that gavel, he'd be superb.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:08 AM

7. K&R!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:33 AM

9. future president?!! I hope. A really fine person

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:34 AM

10. Schiff hits every point, brilliantly. I am so glad we have him around. nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:40 AM

12. Yes, all true

I'd bet 3-4 million republicans who would otherwise not vote, were motivated to defeat Trump and cast their vote for Biden. While there, they voted Republican down-ballot. Plus there was the extra Trump turnout, the people who believe government saps your money to pay for scientists whereas all you really need for a good life is a pickup truck and a few guns. Question going forward is how durable Trumpism.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 10:01 AM

31. As far as Trumpism goes,

I expect it will stay virulent but with less people. There's always a certain percentage of people who won't stick with a loser. The only way it truly dies down though is if he kicks the bucket. Or maybe if he goes to prison.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:44 AM

13. I'm not sure if this would look too much like "political revenge theatre"

But, given all the abuse that was heaped upon Adam from the liar-in-chief, I would LOVE to see Mr. Schiff instrumental in exposing the abuses of the tRump administration. I donít really understand how your system works down there, but maybe some kind of open televised congressional panel with subpoena power to call witnesses? While Joe Biden works quietly in the background to bring Covid under control and get the economy moving I want Joe Sixpack to be treated to night after night of breaking stories highlighting the grift, corruption, abuse of power and trampling of human rights that occurred over the last 4 years.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:46 AM

14. Adam Schiff has given great counsel to govt. leaders and Democratic voters,

and done heroic work while being so statesman-like and unbombastic (? It might be a word. You don't know. )

He deserves a lot of credit and more than a few plaudits.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 11:53 AM

15. I love watching his final speech for trump's impeachment

It gives me chills. That speech could move mountains, but it couldn't move a bunch of brain-dead republicans.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:09 PM

16. A must read.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:24 PM

17. Nailed it

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:41 PM

18. Thank you Rep Schiff for your heart and leadership.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:42 PM

19. Superb

Reminds me of Paul Wellstone. Forward! (as we say in Wisconsin)
Thank you.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:48 PM

20. K&R. nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:48 PM

21. Hillary spoke these words before 2016, some people don't listen.

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Response to Barbara2423 (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 12:54 PM

22. but her campaign also underinvested in those areas

we need the likes of Stacey Abrams in red states.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 01:04 PM

23. Where were the suggetions

on what exactly needs to be done to bring the working-class voters back to the Dems?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 01:11 PM

24. This sounds like a new DNC chair! Can I hope? Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 01:16 PM

25. Lip-service, empty slogans, and platitudes don't pay the bills

 

When the leading party apparatus resorts to red-baiting and marginalization of the left-wing of the party this kind of narrative has no legs or foundation. Objective material reality overrides slogans and platitudes. When your starting point of negotiation with the right is the middle. You have no place to end up but towards the right.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 09:09 PM

27. K&R

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 01:15 AM

28. Don't forget the "Death Star": Parscale really did mobilize 10 million voters.

Itís just that we mobilized a lot more. Thatís why House races were close and we lost a few seats.

With Trump off the ticket in 2022, we should do slightly better. A number of the new voters on the Right will still vote, but some will sit it out.

If a large number of Republicans go to prison, the brand could become toxic. Time will tell. We should get Republicans on record now about whether they support Trump, and use that to divide them next cycle.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 02:34 AM

29. KnR!

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